Looking for some good reasons to quit smokeless tobacco?
You’ve come to the right place.
Many people believe smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking, but there are a lot of reasons why you may still want to quit smokeless tobacco.
We asked thousands of dippers why they wanted to quit, and here were the top 10 reasons:
Smokeless Tobacco Is Bad for Your Oral Health
If you’ve ever been a dipper, I’m sure you’ve had a dentist lecture you on why you should quit. If you’ve not been to a dentist in a while, then here’s a recap: smokeless tobacco can cause receding gums, tooth loss, tooth decay, stained teeth, raw gums, mouth sores and mouth disease (not to mention oral cancer! But we’ll get to that soon…)
When you’ve got bad oral health, there are other negative side effects, Issues like mouth pain or becoming less attractive to the opposite sex can be major concerns. If you’re married, then you’ll probably get double the lectures (once from your dentist, once from your spouse).
Smokeless Tobacco is Bad for Your Overall Health
The list of health issues smokeless tobacco usages causes is pretty long, but, no surprise, the biggest potential concern is cancer! There is an overwhelming amount of evidence indicating that not only are your chances for oral cancer much higher when you dip, but also that there is a significant increase in the chance for esophagus, stomach and pancreatic cancer.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world, and, tragically, these numbers are still on the rise. Doesn’t make any sense to do things that make your chances of getting cancer skyrocket (like using tobacco products of any type)!
Cancer isn’t the only major health problem that can come from using smokeless tobacco. Other major health problems that can come from dipping are:
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure
- Increased risk of stroke
Save A LOT of money
When you quit tobacco, you’ll be saving money in more than one way.
First of all, you’ll be saving money on the cost of insurance. Health insurance can cost up to 50% more per month for people who use tobacco products.
Second, if you quit now, you’ll be saving lots of money on buying tobacco. If you dip a can a day, you’re spending roughly $2.75 – $7.00 every day, depending on where you live; that’s $1,000- $2,555 per year!
Third, you’ll save money on future dental work and hospital visits. The sooner you quit, the more you will reduce your chances of having all the health issues I mentioned in that previous section.
Do it for Your Loved Ones
Most parents out there would agree that they only want the best for their kids and that they want them to have a happy and healthy life. Using smokeless tobacco around your kids sends them a negative message. Check out our other article about how smokeless tobacco can affect your kids.
Children who have a parent or relative who dips have a much higher chance of starting to dip at a young age.
Actions speak louder than words, and, even if you tell a child not to dip, if he/she sees a parent or relative dipping, it sends them the message that it’s actually OK to do.
How many of you have a spouse or significant other who would love to see you quit?
Quit tobacco to be a good influence, and quit so you can have a greater chance of living longer and enjoying time with your loved ones. Life is too short and too precious to risk it on tobacco.
Prove that your love for family and your love for life is stronger than your addiction!
Quittin Ain’t Easy! Which is why BaccOff is here to help! Check out our Quit Dipping Bootcamp and get real-time support, guidance, and motivation.
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